{FASHION} Boys Can Wear Pink

Hi all! I’m finally back again to the blog. It’s been a long couple of weeks. I’m jumping in on the Boys Can Wear Pink Blog Tour today hosted by Handmade Boy. One of the biggest things is the notion that boys cannot wear pink because it’s a “girly” color. Quite frankly, I didn’t realize that GOD made “boy” or “girl” colors. Each color is uniquely important just like you and I. So don’t all gender stereotypes to create a closed mind.

Everyone Can Wear Pink…Especially Boys

Boys Can Wear Pink

My kids are always so excited when mama makes something. It really doesn’t matter what the item is…just the fact that their mama made it takes the cake. When I told the twins, I was making them something and that they’d need to entertain themselves for part of the day. You should have seen the excitement and calm all bottled into one. Immediately, they asked if they could play on their Kindles. Yes, absolutely!

Agathe & Theo Pants

Boys Can Wear Pink

So while they played, mama sewed, and sewed, and sewed. This is the part of my “job” that I love. Creating and making things for my boys.

Boys Can Wear Pink

First, I made the Agathe & Theo Pants from Filles a Maman. I’ve sewn two of her patterns before here and here. The pants are considered slouchy or harem style. For my youngest, I made size 24 months/2 and cut the waist elastic to fit the 18 month size. 12 months to 14 years is available in the pattern. The pants aren’t overly slouchy (which I like) and fit well. If you would like a more slouchy/harem pant style, you probably could/should increase the length to the 3 size. The best part was from printing to finished pants was about an hour. This is perfect for us! Two active 3 year olds makes it necessary to get things done quickly.

Boys Can Wear Pink
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Recess Raglan
Boys Can Wear Pink

The second project on the cutting table was see kate sew’s Recess Raglan. This is literally my go to pattern for my boys’s raglan shirts. From start to finish, the Recess Raglan can be finished in 45 minutes. Yes, it’s that quick.
Boys Can Wear Pink

I made the 3T size with long sleeve cuffs. The pattern has 5 different sleeve lengths. Available for sizes 18 months to 8 years. I didn’t hem this one because my middle son is growing like a weed. He has plenty of room to continue growing up too fast! One issue that gets me every time is the neckband. It’s narrower than the pattern is written because I can’t sew a kids neckband straight to save my life. Kate has a free tutorial for hoodie conversion.
Boys Can Wear PinkSee boys CAN wear PINK. The only thing stopping them is you. Take the challenge and prove that pink is just another color. We all love different things; that’s what makes us unique. It’s wonderful to give your kids the opportunity to express themselves. Self expression helps build character. What will you make for your son?
Boys Can Wear Pink

 

Boys Can Wear Pink

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{FASHION} Spring Capsule, Part 2: Shoes

Spring Capsule Shoes

I’m back! Guess you’d thought I’d forgotten all about the Spring Capsule. Nope! It’s been crazy busy with some awesome behind the scenes things. Goodness, I better hurry before Spring is gone at this rate. Today, I’m going to talk about shoes! Yes, shoes. To be honest, this is the part where I fail the greatest as a fashionista. My shoe collection is basically tennis (sneakers) shoes and Crocs. There are two pairs of high heels, however, I hate wearing them. They’re just not comfortable for chasing children and since most of my day involves that….well….

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What is a Spring Capsule Wardrobe?

What makes up a Wardrobe Capsule? Caroline Rector defines it as “a mini wardrobe made up of 37 really versatile pieces that you totally love to wear.” Before you feel your heart palpitating, you don’t have to throw away everything in your closet. Think about each season separately, then clear your closet except for those set number of pieces. Don’t let 37 pieces constrict you. The combinations are endless. For example, I only wear maybe 3 different pairs of shoes depending on the season. I don’t need to have 10 choices for shoes to make-up my 37 pieces. Since Spring is coming soon, let’s focus on creating a capsule for Spring only right now. Don’t forget to incorporate the Spring 2016 Pantone Colors!

Shoes for Spring Capsule

I’ve been working to find shoes that will work well for my lifestyle while being a little more fashion forward. To find the right combination, I tried on lots of shoes. I’m not going to lie that I was completely overwhelmed by the shear number of shoes available.

Ok, let’s talk about what’s available.

 

Are you hyperventilating like me? Stop, take a deep breath. You don’t have to “like” or choose every shoe listed here. Maybe those options aren’t practical for your lifestyle. Here are a few steps to help you decide:
1. Decide what you need the shoe to do.
2. Decide what color palette you’d like best.
3. Do you need a lot of different shoes or just a few to be interchangeable?
4. Can you use the shoe more than once?
5. What’s your price range?

Now that you’ve evaluated your needs versus your wants. What shoe or combination of shoes will work best for you? For my lifestyle, the D’Orsay and Slingback styles are styles I’d like to try next.

But what about these?

 

Now this graphic has all the shoes I typically wear. Flip flops, canvas shoes, Crocs, and pumps. See I’m pretty basic. What works for you from this list of shoe types?

Now, that you’ve seen almost every option imagined? Tell me what works well for you. What shoe would you like to try?

{FASHION} Sew Yourself Some Love

It’s all about love this month. We often forget ourselves as moms because our kids always come first. have you ever considered taking time to “Sew Yourself Some Love”?

Sew Yourself Some Love

Pattern Revolution is showing us all it’s ok to take time for ourselves this month. We’re not being selfish by sewing up a few extra things just for us. I chose Greenstyle Creations’s Finnley Pants and Sofilantjes’s Otium Tee Shirt. I was looking for a way to add flare to my wardrobe while meshing with my everyday style. Chasing three little boys around is no small task!

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Sew Yourself Some Love

For the Otium Shirt, I used Mabel Madison’s Stenzo Love Lines Jersey Knit. It was perfect to showcase a little extra love. All the hearts make it a perfect addition to my wardrobe. The Otium Shirt comes in several different options. I chose the long sleeve, banded tunic, and low back with bow accent. There’s enough coverage with the lower back to still be comfortable and not skin revealing. Very versatile for Parent-Teacher and school events!

Sew Yourself Some Love

Sew Yourself Some Love

For the Finnley Pants, I used Mabel Madison’s Stenzo Blue Jersey Knit. Oh my, this fabric is to die for! It is super soft and comfortable. The fabric feels like the most comfortable pair of pajama pants without being pajama pants. I cannot believe how comfortable the fabric feels. The Finnley Pants adds lots of flare without being loud. The pants are available in in 30″ and 33″ inseams with low or mid rise options. You can opt for all three ruffles (like me) or just two ruffles. There are three different methods to attach the ruffles to the pants. Specifically, on my pair, I shortened the crotch seam and shortened the pants length by 2″.

Sew Yourself Some Love

Join us through the whole blog tour and don’t miss a day!!!
Feb 1     Sew Thrifty
Feb 3     The Wholesome Mama
Feb 4     Sprouting Jube Jube        
             Sugarplum Cuties
Feb 5     Shaffer Sisters
Feb 8     Mabey She Made It
Feb 9     Rebel and Malice
Feb 12   Hibbadoray
Feb 15   Bee Quilted Beauties       
             Mabel Madison
Feb 16   Sew Starly
Feb 17   All Things Katy            
             Handmade Boy
             Lady And The Gents
             Sew Like My Mom

Now make sure to be checking out all the talented ladies on this tour and tell me how you are going to sew yourself some love this month!

{LIFESTYLE} Bad Day…Allowed!

‘Cause you had a bad day
You’re taking one down
You sing a sad song just to turn it around
You say you don’t know
You tell me don’t lie
You work at a smile and you go for a ride
You had a bad day
You see what you like
And how does it feel one more time?
You had a bad day
You had a bad day

Read more: Daniel Powter – Bad Day Lyrics | MetroLyrics

I feel broken…Bad Day Allowed!

It just dawned on me that I’m having a bad day. Maybe it’s a bad week. Heck, I don’t really know what it is. I don’t think I should write this post because it means I’m vulnerable. Vulnerable to the outside world, vulnerable to criticism, vulnerable to judgement. I struggle to find a purpose and meaning in my life. There are things that I just don’t understand. There are things that I wish could change. There are things that I wish would make me whole again. I feel broken.

Being a stay-at-home parent is no fun for me. I feel like I’m wasting my time by not contributing to society. Whatever society that is. I wanted to do such great things. I had such big dreams. But I’ve failed at my pursuit of the happiness that I so desperately thought was guaranteed to me. I feel broken.

I feel like I am stuck in this cycle of life with no way out. You may say that I’m depressed…well maybe I am? You may say that my life is what I made it…well maybe it is? Who really knows and who really has the answers. I keep moving forward, almost zombie like, hoping that there is something better out there for me. I feel broken.

Social media doesn’t help me figure it out. Everything looks so glamorous in the big, bad world. Luxurious clothing, nice houses, lots of friends…. It all looks so grand. Then, I realize…here I sit. I have none of those worldly things. I’m married to an alcoholic. My marriage is in name only. I feel broken.

I weigh way more than I should. The doctor said that I needed to lose 70 pounds. I want to, but can’t. Healthy food is too expensive. Gym membership is too expensive. A personal trainer is way to expensive. I don’t get 5 minutes alone at home. How am I supposed to lose this weight? I don’t want to be fat. I don’t want to fail. I want to look like the people in the magazines and be healthy too. I feel broken.

I started sewing because I wanted to make clothes for my boys since we really couldn’t afford to purchase them. I eased my way back into sewing with simple projects that I learned a long time ago. Then I hit a wall where my creativity faltered. I feel like no matter how hard I try I just can’t get everything together. I feel broken.

Bad Day

Being a stay-at-home mom is rewarding beyond what the present shows! I get to spend more time with my kids than most parents. I was blessed to see every first word, every first step, and first poop in the toilet. I am successful and an asset to society. I’m raising America’s future. I own my own business…actually 3 of them and run a household of 5.

I’m not depressed…I’m having a bad day! I am allowed to feel broken. I am allowed to be a flawed human. I am allowed to not be a perfect parent. I am allowed to be an emotionally driven person. You are too!

Social media is a joke. People purposely only post the greatest moments in their lives. You don’t see the behind the scenes broken plates, mom yelling at kid, marriage on the rocks, etc. You only see what the person wants you to see. Every single person on this planet has had a bad day! Don’t let the fake social media fool you.

I can make all the excuses on the planet about why I can’t get healthy. Until I decide that being healthy is important to me I won’t get there. Excuses are overrated! Just do it, as Nike famously says. I am my biggest hurdle…Move over self!

My kids love the handmade clothing I make for them. So why am I crying about how many outfits I don’t make. The light and joy in their eyes when it’s mama made is way more important than any self doubt. See my kids are important to me and their opinion matters. Self doubt is a lie I tell myself!

So what if I had a bad day! I will overcome it. Society forces us to hide behind a fake wall of secrecy where no one is allowed to show that they are broken in public. One of my favorite movies, Gone with the Wind, illustrates how it is possible to overcome adversity and bad days! There are a million quotes from the movie that lend themselves to the story of a Phoenix. How do you overcome your bad days? How do you rise above?

There’s an important thing to remember about yourself and your life…

Bad Day

{FASHION} Trendy Tunic by Love Notions

For the Love of Dresses and Tunics: Love Notions Trendy Tunic

Welcome to HattieLu Handmade. Today, I’m discovering how much I like the Trendy Tunic and how wrong I was about it! Plus some Art Gallery Fabric from Mabel Madison.

Trendy Tunic by Love Notions HattieLu Handmade

Hi folks! Happy Tuesday! Today is my stop on the For the Love of Dresses and Tunics Blog Tour with Love Notions. Glad you’ve stopped by to talk Love Notions with me! I must confess when I first saw the Trendy Tunic in May 2014, I didn’t think it would fit my style. At the time, I wasn’t into dresses and tunic seemed to make me look wider. Not what this girl needed!

Trendy Tunic by Love Notions HattieLu Handmade

However, I really like Tami’s creations! I currently own 8 of 14 ladies patterns and all 3 of the boys patterns. When I saw the posting to participate in the tour, I signed up immediately. Originally, the Bluezette was the pattern I choose, then remembered about the Trendy Tunic. I hadn’t seen the Ladies Trendy Tunic getting a lot of attention. The girls Trendy Tunic gets lots of attention! You have to join Love Notions Pattern Support group to see all the awesome creations!

Trendy Tunic by Love Notions HattieLu Handmade

Well, as you can see, I took a chance on the Trendy Tunic. I must say all my reservations were completely wrong. The tunic is perfect for me. I don’t feel frumpy or larger than normal. The pockets give the Trendy Tunic the right amount of curvature for the illusion of a more defined waist. Isn’t great when your assumptions are wrong?!

Trendy Tunic by Love Notions HattieLu Handmade

I needed to make a few adjustments to fit my body. Now, remember you don’t have to be afraid to make adjustments. We are not all the same body shape, even though our numerical size is the same. I’m 5’2″ tall and DD cup. The pattern is drafted for 5’5″ and B cup. I cut size XL. To fit my height, I took 2.5″ off each pattern piece. To do this, simply find the “lengthen/shorten” line and measure the amount needed to be removed. Then fold the pattern piece to reflect to total length to be removed. Double check your pattern pieces by piecing them together. Now for the cup measurement, I made no adjustments. Why? The tunic flows away from the body style. My measurements (B-W-H) fit well within the pattern range. If the tunic would have been a more slim fitting pattern, it would properly work better to cut the size closest to my bust measurement and then do a Full Bust Adjustment (FBA). However, I will be honest that on the majority of my tops, I do not do a FBA.

Trendy Tunic by Love Notions HattieLu Handmade

Now, let’s talk fabric. I chose Art Gallery Looming Love Pastel and Art Gallery Tree Fleur Blanc from Mabel Madison. The Tree Fleur Blanc was from the Cherie Knit Collection. Art Gallery says of the Cherie Collection “A romantic collection narrating the life of a young and beautiful jet setter. She’s the type that will create a garden in the midst of a city. Cherie is modern, fresh, and airy with a hint of grunge.” Let me tell you….I HAD to have her the fabric! It is gorgeous. Ultra comfortable, almost like a pair of your favorite pajamas.

The Looming Love Pastel made me think about Valentine’s Day. I wanted another fabric that would complement Tree Fleur Blanc without being overpowering and RED! Yes, I get that Valentine’s Day tends to make you think of red; however, the tunic needed to be available for the entire Spring and Summer seasons. Looming Love Pastel is from the Art Gallery Etno Knit Collection. The color palette worked so well with matching the Tree Fleur Blanc. The use of tan, aquamarine, spiced yellow and ambrosia created the perfect complement.

Both fabrics are 95% cotton and 5% spandex knit fabric.

 

Trendy Tunic by Love Notions HattieLu Handmade

So my final verdict on the Love Notions Trendy Tunic…I really like it! I’m only one stop on For the Love of Dresses and Tunics Tour, so stick around to see other awesome Love Notion patterns. If you are stuck and need help fitting yourself, pop on over to Love Notions Pattern Support group. The folks in there are always willing to help!

So what do you think of my Love Notions Trendy Tunic?

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Sunday Lately #58: Week in Review

Hi everyone. It’s that time again for Sunday Lately with the Blogger Tribe. AND…I’m definitely hanging out with the late part of this week. Please tell me I’m not the only person who feels like the weeks are flying by this year.

Sunday Lately

SUNDAY LATELY #58: Creating, Finding, Switching, Forgetting, and Craving

~Creating~

Creating lots of  sewing projects last week and this week. I feel like the week is disappearing with me thinking it’s still Tuesday on Friday. I created this gorgeous Swoon Harriet for Pattern Revolution in honor of my great-grandmother, Hattie. You can read all about it here. I am amazed at how much she has influenced my life and decisions. I miss her terribly; however, she’s still here with me in spirit.

~Finding~

I’m finding that my kids are growing up way to fast. When they were little, I wished that they would be a little older. The stress of trying to balance everything (kids are 14 months apart) seemed like too much. Now, I’m finding myself wishing they were little again. The twins are potty training like champions. My oldest is writing his name and reciting his alphabet like he’s known it all his life. It’s amazing to realize that the older I become the more I’m finding myself being nostalgic.

Finding the boys are growing up

~Switching~

Switching my mindset to positive things has been hard this week. There are a lot of negative influences around me, personally. Trying to keep things positive this week has been really, really hard. However, I know that switching my behavior and environment will prevent the negative influences from being in control.

Switching Mindset

~Forgetting~

I keep forgetting that I’m not alone. Being a stay-at-home mom is an interesting thing. Sometimes, I feel alone in the world. It’s like being isolated without trying to be isolated. I’ve been shown numerous times over the last week that I’m not alone, that I am worthy, and that I should really stop forgetting these things. Forgetting who you are, as a parent, can be easy to do. Remember that it’s ok to have a down day. Forgetting the unimportant things is important. Be yourself…move forward.

~Craving~

I have been craving sushi all week long. I have indulged in my cravings. Sushi…..yummy! See now, I want more. My other craving this week has been Starbucks. I’m trying very hard to avoid this craving. All the calories!! However, this week, exercise wise, has been good. Gosh, I need a Starbucks and some more sushi!

Craving

Thanks for joining me this week for Sunday Lately. I hope you’ll enjoy the content this week.

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{BLOG} Goal Setting: January Wrap Up

Wrapping up January 2016

Happy second day of February already! January is sign, sealed, and delivered. One of my goals for 2016 is to read more blogs. There’s such a wealth of information in the blogging sphere that I knew I could learn a lot from other bloggers. Some of them you have met through my Sunday Lately posts. Some you haven’t quite met yet. Bloggers have their own brand of sisterhood and it’s awesome to be apart.

One blog in particular caught my attention. She tracked her blog analytics and post them at the end of the month. I really like this idea. It gives me a chance to set clear blogging goals where I can be accountable. January was essentially my wake-up call to blogging. I have blogged in the past, but it’s been focused mostly on sewing. This year, my goal was to include more relevant content that reflected me as a person not just a seamstress. So far, it feels like I’ve done an o.k. job. The creative space available through blogging is very appealing to me. In this space, I can totally be myself. Hopefully, you like the direction of HattieLu Handmade so far this year. Below is a quick recap of my January blogging numbers and February goals.
Wrapping up January 2016

January Traffic Report

January Statistics

Page Views – 28,837
Visitor – 4,086

Social Media

February Blogging Goals

~ Reach 30,000 Page views
~ Be active in three (3) Facebook blogger groups
~ Write 3 engaging blog posts each week
~ Break 525 fans on Facebook
~ Increase social media engagement and followers on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
~ Attend Blogging Over Breakfast’s daily Periscope chat
So let’s talk about your blogging goals for 2016? Did you set goals specifically for each month or just winging it? Tell me what you would like to accomplish for February 2016.

Sunday Lately #57

Hi everyone. It’s that time again for Sunday Lately with the Blogger Tribe. AND…I’m definitely hanging out with the late part of this week. Sorry, I’m so late tonight! It has been a week to say the least. Can you believe today is the last day of January? Goodness! Full steam ahead.

Sunday Lately #57: Doing, Appreciating, Designing, Humming, and Expecting.”

Sunday Lately

~Doing~

It took some doing to get this post up today. I usually write my Sunday Lately posts early Sunday morning. It gives me a chance to focus and prepare for the upcoming week. Well today, was awful! My laptop stopped working first thing this morning. I just corrected the issue at 9:30 p.m. tonight. All the hard work to get this laptop running made me like a whole day was wasted! Doing this laptop stuff all day was for the birds. Now to play catch up. The MacBook Pro is definitely starting to look so much better.

~Appreciating~

I have gained a better appreciation for my sewing. I am appreciating the fact that I know how to sew. The ability to sew has given me the confidence that had been lacking with ready to wear clothing. It became obvious to me over the last week how important this journey truly is to me. Appreciating the gifts that we individually possess can sometimes be hard to see.

~Designing~

How do you like my new blog set-up? I’ve been working hard to design a more appealing blog that fits my style. Designing is a hard concept for me. I always want to rush to see the finished project and mess up all the details. Made for Mermaids released the Megan Romper earlier this week (read my review). I’m designing my first Pinterest inspired full length pants romper. Decision time…would you like to see me in an off-the-shoulder romper OR backless romper? Help me decide!

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~Humming~

I’ve been listening to the sweet hum of my vintage sewing machine this week. The sound is very soothing. I feel like my great-grandmother is sitting beside me teaching me each time the Singer hums.

~Expecting~

Expecting to finish all the sewing projects for the next two weeks this week. Yes, I know it’s a challenge; however, I love challenges. Besides if I expect to finish, I’ll finish. It’s just in my make up to work super hard to get everything done ahead of the game. It feels good to finish a project ahead of time. Expecting to continue blogging at my current pace too. “I think I can, I know I can!”

Thanks for joining me this week for Sunday Lately. I hope you’ll enjoy the content this week. Don’t forget to tell me if my romper should be off-the-shoulders or backless? Your vote does count!

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{REVIEW} Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June

Cheyenne Tunic

Cheyenne Tunic

Cheyenne Tunic

Cheyenne Tunic

Cheyenne Tunic

Cheyenne Tunic

Cheyenne Tunic

Cheyenne Tunic

 

CHEYENNE TUNIC

DESIGNER: HEY JUNE HANDMADE

Fabric Required: Woven fabric (lightweight cotton, rayon challis, chambray, flannel, wool blends, cotton blends, and silk blends).

Pattern Sizing: XS to 2XL. Fits chest size 32 inches to 44 inches.

Options: View A~ classic collared button-up shirt. View B~ dropped neckline without a collar. Long or 3/4 Sleeves. Shirt or Tunic lengths.

Size & Options Sewn: 20; View A

Did it look like the cover photo? Yes and no (sleeve placket).

Were the instructions easy to follow? The directions are easy to follow. Pictorial step-by-step instructions are included.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The instructions made it easy to sew the Cheyenne. I ran into a problem with how the sleeve plackets were attached. The instructions were clarified in testing so an advanced beginner should have no problem with Cheyenne.

Fabric Used: Green Flannel from Joann’s (http://www.joann.com/cozy-flannel-fabric/prd39349.html) and a splash of Tula Pink Moonshine for the back yoke

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t make alterations. On my next one, I will shorten the length of the final shirt. My sleeve placket is incorrect. That’s the reason the buttons are facing the front of the shirt sleeve and not the side.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes! These remind me of the wool/flannel shirts my dad wore when I was a kid. On cold days, he’d let me borrow one to stay warm.

Need more inspiration? Check out other tester photos. View A here. View B here.

Need some help sewing the pattern? Check out the sew-a-long by Hey June here.

Link to pattern: http://www.heyjunehandmade.com/product/cheyenne-tunic/

My apologizes to Adrianna! December was busy personally that I neglected to share my Cheyenne in December. It’s gotten cold in South Carolina and I realized that Cheyenne would be perfect to add extra layers.